International Senior Lecturer, Shaun Mills, recently took 46 students on an annual study trip to the EU Institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg.
Shaun commented on the excursion: “The seven day trip provides a perfect balance between educational activities and leisure time. We stayed in nice, centrally located hotels in Brussels and Belgium; our Brussels Hotel was literally across the road from the beautiful Grande Place. The Trip is the perfect opportunity for law students to mix with each other and for us all to get that feeling of belonging to the Law School.
“This year we had law students from first, second and third year undergraduate courses plus students from the Graduate Diploma in Law and even the LLM course. Students often say that they become good friends with people they would not have met if it were not for the Trip. It is also a really nice opportunity for the academic staff to get to know our students more.
On one of the evenings the whole group (staff and students) went out for a meal together at Brussels’ oldest restaurant.”
This year the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Court of Justice were the focus of the educational aspects of the Trip and students were treated to very interesting and informative talks and activities. Many students commented on how useful these visits were to bring their EU law studies to life. One student commented:
“The Trip was fun and interactive and my understanding of the EU has definitely increased. I particularly enjoyed the group meal in Brussels, it was fantastic to get to know everyone and I felt like I really belonged to the Law School. The whole trip, both educational and leisure time, was terrific and hugely beneficial.”
Another student commented: “The trip more than exceeded my expectations and I was very pleased with how much I learnt. I found the careers talks particularly useful and I am now considering a future career with the EU. I loved the fact that we had plenty of time for leisure activities; for exploring the beautiful sights in Brussels and Luxembourg and Bruges (and immersing ourselves in the nightlife!)”
We will be visiting again next year. Hope to see you there!